Chennai’s diverse history can be seen in the monuments left behind by different cultures, during their colonial rule. For a slice of nature, head for the Marina Beach, a 4.5-kilometre stretch of urban coast along the Bay of Bengal. With its stunning coastline, silky sands and crystal-clear seas, it is one of the main reasons people travel to Chennai.
Another natural attraction in Chennai is the Semmozhi Poonga, a 20-acre park located in the city centre. In among the lush flora, you’ll find medicinal plants and fragrant herbs. There is an abundant green space for you to stroll along, and if you’re travelling with children, the park also has several play areas.
Alternatively, if you’d like to see some fauna with your flora during your trip to Chennai, head for Arignar Anna Zoological Park. India’s first zoo, it has tigers, panthers and hyenas. And for an extra-exotic experience, you can hire an elephant to carry you around the park. To get around town, hire a tuk-tuk (rickshaw), which is the most popular mode of transport.